TribLIVE

| USWorld


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Senators seek to remove final approval for Keystone XL pipeline from the State Department

About The Tribune-Review
The Tribune-Review can be reached via e-mail or at 412-321-6460.
Contact Us | Video | Photo Reprints

Daily Photo Galleries


By Reuters

Published: Thursday, March 14, 2013, 7:12 p.m.

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan bill introduced in the Senate on Thursday would give Congress the power to approve TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL pipeline project to link Canada's oil sands with refineries and ports in Texas.

The measure, sponsored by John Hoeven, a North Dakota Republican, and Max Baucus, a Montana Democrat, would take approval of the more than 800,000-barrels-per-day pipeline out of the hands of the Obama administration.

White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters after the bill was introduced that the approval process for pipelines crossing international borders belongs with the State Department.

The $5.3 billion pipeline has become a symbol of oil- sands development for both its opponents and supporters. Environmentalists say it would open up access to the oil sands, which are carbon-intensive to produce.

The pipeline's proponents say the pipeline would bolster North American energy security and usher in thousands of new jobs, and pour capital into the economy.

The State Department this month issued an environmental assessment of the project that said it would not cause environmental harm. After the report is finalized, Obama is expected to make a final decision on Keystone, around August or later.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Nation

  1. Seafood study: Up to 32 percent imported to U.S. is caught illegally
  2. ‘Patriots’ back Nevada rancher; Reid labels them ‘domestic terrorists’
  3. Postal Service overhaul expected to appeal to Dems
  4. IRS, other agencies award contracts to license plate tracking company
  5. Ohio couple married for 70 years dies just 15 hours apart
  6. Fox fires exec who used email to plan aid
  7. Health care law enrollee passwords at risk for Heartbleed Internet security flaw, feds warn
  8. Authorities say they have trove of evidence against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Boston Marathon bombing
  9. Obama, House Republicans trade accusations in thwarting immigration reform
  10. Denver wife killed 12 minutes into 911 call, sparking inquiry
  11. Wyatt Earp gun sells for $225K at auction
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.